New Delhi: Left and other parties on Thursday
expressed strong disapproval of a reported statement by Leader
of Opposition Sushma Swaraj that BJP would decide on a daily
basis whether to allow Parliament to function or not.
"We, the Left and secular opposition parties, take very
strong exception to the statement that they will decide or set
the agenda for the House to function. It is extremely
objectionable", CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury told a press
conference held here along with leaders of other parties.
Swaraj was reported to have said that it is the Bharatiya
Janata Party which would decide "on a daily basis" whether or
not Parliament would be allowed to function on that day.
Yechury said the Left and other parties, including those
from the NDA, would not allow the government to escape from
its accountability to Parliament and force it to commit itself
on issues of price rise and corruption.
However, Yechury said, "There is very little to choose
between Congress and the BJP on these two issues."
CPI`s Gurudas Dasgupta said the Constitution bestows
upon the Leader of Opposition the responsibility to ensure
smooth running of Parliament.
"We don`t want Parliament to be disrupted every day so
that we can raise important issues affecting the people. It is
not only unparliamentary, but arrogance and an attempt to
subvert Parliament", he said, adding that a party with 156
members cannot impose its will on 700 MPs.
The CPI leader said he had spoken to Lok Sabha Speaker
Meira Kumar and leaders of various parties, including NDA
Convenor Sharad Yadav, TDP, BJD, AIADMK and independent
members. "Even NDA partners of BJP don`t agree with them.
Yadav said he dissasociates with this".
"We also don`t approve the Congress-led government`s
unholy alliance with BJP to get their liberalisation agenda
passed in the House when disruption occurs", Dasgupta said.
Forward Bloc member Narahari Mahato also opposed
Swaraj`s reported remarks, saying the Congress and BJP had
joined hands "on the sly to disallow" any fruitful debate on
price rise and corruption.
Maintaining that there was "very little to choose between
Congress and BJP" on issues of corruption and price rise,
Yechury said both these parties were "fighting shy of bringing
these issues before Parliament as both of them are involved in
corruption and pursuing policies which are leading to
"We are registering our protest against such statements.
We don`t want any disruption, but to make the government
accountable", he said, adding he would press two amendments on
a discussion on price rise in Rajya Sabha seeking ban on
futures and forward trading in essential commodities and roll
back of prices of petroleum products, especially when global
crude prices were declining".
Yechury said the Left parties had also spoken on Swaraj`s
statement to Samajwadi Party and RJD leaders who had also